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1A person's buttocks or anus.backside, behind, seat, rump, rear, rear endView synonyms
2A stupid, irritating, or contemptible person.idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodscoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
1arse about/aroundno object Behave in a stupid way; waste time.
2arse something upwith object Make a botched attempt at something.
3can't be arsedNot want to do something because one has no interest in or enthusiasm for it.
arse about face
vulgar slang Contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical.‘he felt disoriented: everything seemed to be arse about face’
arse over tit
vulgar slang So as to fall over in a sudden or dramatic way.
get off one's arse
vulgar slang Stop being lazy.
get one's arse into gear
vulgar slang Start to do something with energy, determination, or speed.
vulgar slang Used to convey that one does not believe something that has just been said.
not know one's arse from one's elbow
vulgar slang Be totally ignorant or incompetent.
talk out of one's arse
vulgar slang Talk rubbish.
up your arse!
vulgar slang Used to express contempt for someone or something.
Old English ærs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aars and German Arsch. See also ass.
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